Movie Central and The Movie Network present HBO Films' Bernard and Doris

    - Starring Oscar(R) winner Susan Sarandon, Academy Award(R) nominee
    Ralph Fiennes and Executive Produced by Kevin Spacey

    - Premiering day-and-date with HBO on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. PT
    on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western
Canada) and Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern Canada) present the
premiere of HBO Film's Bernard and Doris - the fictional story of the very
real tobacco billionairess, Doris Duke, and her impoverished butler Bernard
Lafferty. The film premieres day-and-date with HBO on Saturday, February 9 at
7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.

    She was the world's richest woman, a society icon with a reputation for
being difficult and demanding. He was her butler, a closeted homosexual who,
despite his subordinate status and a troubled history of alcohol abuse, became
the sole executor and primary beneficiary of her massive estate. Together they
shared a relationship nobody could have imagined - until now.

    Starring Oscar(R)-winning actress Susan Sarandon and Academy Award(R)
nominee Ralph Fiennes, Bernard and Doris is the bittersweet fictional tale of
two real-life individuals who didn't fit into each other's worlds. While
Duke's decision to name Lafferty her executor was the subject of multiple
lawsuits and headlines, this film goes beyond the sensationalism to tell a
witty, endearing tale about the unconventional bond between a society
"princess" and her flawed "pauper" of a butler.

    Directed by Bob Balaban (producer of Gosford Park) and written by Hugh
Costello and executive produced by Kevin Spacey, the film was shot on location
in fabled mansions and stately homes on Long Island.

    Bernard and Doris will also be simulcast on Movie Central and The Movie
Network's High Definition channels and will be available on Movie Central On
Demand the week following its network premiere and The Movie Network OnDemand
the Tuesday following its network premiere.

    Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence
fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is
recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television
production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central
High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being
first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie
Central website at

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and
radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and
Showtime series, and first-rate Canadian programming, this pay-television
service presents Canadians with some of the best television entertainment
available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels
- M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining
programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The Movie
Network also offers The Movie Network HD and MMore HD, two dedicated
high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie
Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in
select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visit

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences.

    For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit or

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Movie Central (western Canada):
Alex Chapple, (416) 530-2249,; The Movie Network
(eastern Canada): Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638,

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